Hickory, N.C. (August 2, 2014) – Rookie William Byron now leads the points standings at Hickory Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Division following a second-place finish on Saturday night. Byron started from the pole, his third of the season, and earned his eighth podium finish of 2014 in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet.
“This was a huge weekend for my JR Motorsports team,” said Byron. “Not only did we get our third pole of the season, but to come away with a second-place finish two races in a row at Hickory feels great. We have hit our stride now and have been really consistent lately. That consistency shows in the points standings.”
The No. 9 team had two successful practice sessions on Saturday and was quickest in the final practice before qualifying. Byron felt he had a good shot at the pole, and backed it up with a lap time quick enough to earn the top spot.
Byron led the field to the green flag and battled side-by-side with the second-place car of Shane Lee, last year’s Limited Late Model track champion. He was passed on lap two by Lee, but continued to race on his rear bumper putting pressure on the leader. Several times throughout the race Byron was able to get to the door of Lee’s car but was unable to make the pass. The No. 9 car crossed the finish line in second place.
Byron’s runner-up finish was his eighth podium finish in 13 races at HMS. The 16-year-old leads the overall points standings in the Late Model Division as well as the rookie of the year standings. There are seven points races remaining in the Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model season including this Saturday night’s event.